Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian, author and media commentator dedicated to women’s rights and freedom. She founded Women for Women International, a development organization focused on serving women survivors of conflict. Since its inception in 1993, WfWI has helped more than 300,000 women.
President Clinton recognized Salbi in 2010, as one of the 21st century heroes, and she has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Newsweek, The Guardian, CNN, New York Times, and Financial Times, and appeared a whopping 10 times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Fast Company named her on its 100 most influential women list in 2012, and PBS Makers series noted her as one of the women who make America.
Salbi is also the author of a national bestseller, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing UP in the Shadow of Saddam, The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, and If You Knew Me, You Would Care.
Title: Co-Founder of Women for Women International
Expertise: Empowerment of women
Location: New York City
Product: GIVE scent.
Interests: Reading, dancing.
Favorite meal: Early dinner - salad.
Hidden talent: Poetry writing.
Film recommendation: Silence of the Palace.
Recent purchase: Summer jacket.
Favorite restaurant: One Lucky Duck [New York].
If I had $20, I'd... Give it to a woman in need.
Transformative travel experience: Every war zone I go to.
Favorite neighborhood: Notting Hill [London].
Dream holiday: On an isolated island.
If I could solve one problem it would be: I'd stop wars.
I wish people cared more about: Women's full rights and equality.
The world would be a better place if: We lead with joy and love rather than fear and control.